Congo Hits Ebola Outbreak With Quick Response


Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with worldwide impact".

The health ministry said on Tuesday that at least 17 people had died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola virus outbreak control depends on surveillance and the isolation of cases, according to the study.

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This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified.

He also said the ministry presented an update on the state of public health in Nigeria at the FEC meeting.

A team from the Ministry of Health, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), visited the site on Saturday, May 5.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and health minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central African country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said all the equipment and personnel used in combatting the virus in 2014 are still very much at the airports.

Ngaleto said of all cases so far reported, seven were now in the hospital in Bikoro.

It said they had already arrived in the regional capital Mbandaka, about 150 km away from the affected area.

Many victims bleed internally and externally before death if the symptoms aren't treated immediately.

Following an incubation period of between two and 21 days, Ebola develops into a high fever, weakness, intense muscle and joint pain, headaches and a sore throat.

Nigeria has increased screening tests at airports and other points of entry as a precautionary measure following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the immigration service said on Thursday. Ebola is endemic to the Congo, with the last Ebola outbreak occurring in 2017.

It comes just three years after the Ebola pandemic that killed at least 11,000 people across six countries, including a sole fatality in the US.

Between them, the two cities have a population of more than 12 million.